‘Pellegrini can succeed in England’

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta believes that Manuel Pellegrini will be a success in the Premier League.

The Malaga boss has announced he will leave the Boquerones at the end of the season, and is expected to take over from Roberto Mancini over the summer.

And the Argentine full-back has claimed that that the former Real Madrid man has what it takes to do well in England.

“When I was at San Lorenzo with him, I was in the second team,” Zabaleta told The Mirror.

“He did well when we were at San Lorenzo. He won the South American Cup.

“After he left San Lorenzo, he went to River Plate. He was always keen on youth development and also won important things there. That makes him a good manager.

“When he went to Villarreal, he took a club who had been in the third division to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

“They played Arsenal and were within a penalty kick of going to the final. He did great at Real Madrid as well and hopefully, if he comes to City, he can just carry that on with us.

“He’s done well at Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga. Now we will see how he will do at Manchester City – if he comes.

“His football is great. Someone I know and trust has told me that he’s a superb manager now.

“He’s a very quiet person. He likes to play attractive football. Also his record in Europe is great – and that’s something we haven’t done so well in recent seasons.

“He’s worked in a lot of countries, but it will be his first experience of managing in England.

“But when you have as much experience as he has, he will have everything very clear in his mind. He’s a clever person and he will know what to do when he takes over.

“When you start off with a new experience like this, he will expect to do well straight away and if we work well he can be a success.”

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